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Get Your Fil Planning a Sunday drive down Market Street? Forget it, at least this weekend, because the two-day Filipino-American Arts Exposition will stage its Filipino Pride/Centennial Parade tomorrow at noon to celebrate 100 years of liberation from Spanish rule. The Pistahan Outdoor Fair opens Saturday morning with the wafting scent of ethnic food (Filipino and otherwise) and the sound of music, from Geffen vocal group Kai and the Bay City Revue, among others. Actor Paolo Montalban (Prince Charming in Disney's '97 Cinderella) puts in an appearance at the expo, which promises an art exhibit and activity centers like the community dance area, where lessons in hip hop, Hawaiian, and other dances that have influenced Filipino culture will be given on the half-hour. Tonight and tomorrow night, comedy-theater group Tongue in a Mood, Teatro ng Tanan, and the Alleluia Panis Dance Theater company appear as part of the "Post Modern American Pilipino Performance Project." The outdoor fair runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission & Third Street, S.F. The parade begins at noon on Sunday at Civic Center. Admission is free to both events; call 436-9711 for more information. The "Performance Project" show begins at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, 701 Mission (at Third Street), S.F. Admission is $12-15; call 978-ARTS.

August 16
The Living Is Easy Lampooning Martha Stewart is practically redundant, but that hasn't exactly dissuaded the organizers of "Martha Stoowirt Whore Church Living," a vaudeville revue benefiting Father River Sims' Tenderloin Outreach program. What would Martha say about Dr. Ducky Doolittle Brand Buttplug Bingo ("It's a good thing"? Doubtful)? The musical lap-dancing chairs probably wouldn't pass muster either, unless someone had actually handcrafted the chairs from a tree he'd planted, tended, and felled himself. Additional antics include Crash & Burn Cooking With the Food Dyke. The Exotic Dancers Alliance presents a surprise celebrity guest and Foxy Lady Boutique, the Mission outlet specializing in drag queen-size pumps, provides the door prize. The show begins at 8 p.m. at the Embassy Lounge, 600 Polk (at Turk), S.F. Admission is $4-6; call 255-6455.

August 17
May I Be Frank? Call in sick and get loaded, then hit the double-feature "Manager's Pick" at the UC Theater. Today's theme: Sinatra! Shirley MacLaine is a boozy floozy who falls for Sinatra, a caddish ex-GI with a literary bent and a major drinking problem, in Some Came Running, Vincente Minnelli's 1959 adaptation of the James Jones novel about disillusioned Midwesterners, co-starring Frank's Rat Pack buddy Dean Martin. (According to Shawn Levy's recently published biography Rat Pack Confidential, Sinatra approached the role like a Method actor, coming to work evilly hungover and greeting starry-eyed locals with deprecating remarks like "Hello there, hillbilly!") Frank turns in another winning performance as a desperate junkie in The Man With the Golden Arm (1955), an Otto Preminger film starring Eleanor Parker as Sinatra's crippled wife and Kim Novak as the young woman who tries to intervene. Some Came Running screens at 2 and 7 p.m. with The Man With the Golden Arm at 4:40 and 9:35 p.m. at the UC Theater, 2036 University (at Shattuck), Berkeley. Admission is $4.50-6.50; call (510) 843-FILM.

August 18
Going to the Mountain While Hollywood directors were whining about warm Evian and temperamental stars, Himalayan mountaineer Jamling Tenzing Norgay was fielding problems like subzero temperatures, screaming winds, and lack of oxygen. Norgay's crew hauled a 40-pound IMAX camera and camera equipment, outdoor gear, and supplies up the side of the world's highest, most daunting mountain to film Everest, a large-format film about the experiences of Norgay's climbing team in reaching the summit (the team set out just days after the deadly expedition chronicled in Jon Krakauer's best-selling book Into Thin Air). Scaling 29,028 feet of snow, ice, and treacherous terrain is a tradition in Norgay's family -- his father, Tenzing Norgay, made the historic first ascent of the mountain with Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953. Norgay leads a slide presentation on the climb and filming of Everest at noon at REI, 1338 San Pablo, Berkeley. Admission is free; call (510) 527-4140.

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